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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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October 2016

Wall of Art: Rites of Passage

October 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - January 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wall of Art: Rites of Passage will run October 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. Please see the list of important dates below: August 16: Call for submissions September 12: Submissions due Week of September 19: Selection September 27-30: Art drop off October 3: Install October 28: Reception January 10-13: Art pickup  

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November 2016

Ken Danby: Five Decades

November 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - January 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph artist Ken Danby is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished realist artists. This exhibition will feature his portraits, landscapes, and iconic Canadian imagery including studies for the Wayne Gretzky portrait, The Great Farewell, Calgary Stampede, Niagara Falls, and Guelph Carousel among others. Danby methodically restored local Armstrong’s Mill to a living and studio space-this environment became the subject of many of his art works including At the Crossroads, Pulley Wheel, and Cooling Off. Unique to the exhibition will…

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Home for the Holidays

November 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - January 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, New Year. Guelph residents share their holiday traditions.

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